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2012-04-01

Taking Back Complexo Do Alemão

A Brazilian Army helicopter flies over Complexo do Alemão shantytown in Rio de
          Janeiro. [Brazilian Army]

A Brazilian Army helicopter flies over Complexo do Alemão shantytown in Rio de Janeiro. [Brazilian Army]

DIÁLOGO Staff

Photos by The Brazilian Army

Instead of fighting criminals from the outside, the Brazilian Armed Forces moved into the communities, widening the authorities’ ability to reach previously lawless areas. Each separate unit patrolled for three months in the area until the Rio state government implemented Pacifying Police Units. In August 2011, Sampaio Task Force took control of Complexo do Alemão.

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